Mauricio Pochettino is willing to look outside the Premier League’s top six for his next managerial job. Pochettino has not worked since he was sacked by Tottenham in November 2019. The 48-year-old has been heavily linked with Newcastle, providing their proposed Saudi Arabia-backed takeover goes through.
And the Argentine has made it clear the project placed in front of him is more important than the club’s status in determining his next move. “Yes I would (consider anything),” he said. “Which clubs are the ‘top six’? It changes. Today Tottenham and Arsenal are not in the top six. “You need to respect all the clubs because they are working so hard. They are all spending and investing money and have a new strategy every season to try and be in the top six, the top eight or the top four. “Today you cannot underestimate any club. They all have the capacity to find a way to be competitive. “The main thing is to be happy and be able to put our ideas into practice.” He added: “The most important thing is we are ready and open to listen and see what happens. But at the moment, who knows when we are going to be back in football again.” Southampton were three points above the relegation zone when Pochettino joined them in January 2013. Tottenham had just finished sixth when he replaced Tim Sherwood as manager 18 months later. In five-and-a-half years, he transformed Spurs and led them to the Champions League final last season. He steered the club to four successive top four finishes for the first time in almost 50 years, although he was sacked by chairman Daniel Levy and replaced by Jose Mourinho after failing to win a trophy and with the club 14th in the Premier League. “Football is not about budgets and money,” he said. “Of course, they help, but for me it is about sticking with the human capital. After that, everything is possible and you can deal with anything. “When you put your objectives down and you start to work for them, you need to be creative and clever in the way you are going to design it. Sometimes, you need to play the same game with different cards.”